December 16, 2013
HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Mark Anthoine, Maine (Sr., F, Lewiston, Maine) Scored four points (1g,3a) as Maine swept AIC at home.
Jake Fallon, UVM (Jr., F, Southlake, Texas) Registered two assists in Saturday's 5-1 win over St. Lawrence
Stu Higgins, Maine (Jr., F, Troy, Mich.) Had a goal and three assists as Maine swept AIC. He scored the game-winner on Saturday.
Brody Hoffman, UVM (So., G, Wilkie, Sask.) Stopped 21 of 22 shots (.955 save%) and allowed just one goal in a 5-1 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday.
Steven Iacobellis, UM, (Fr., F, Port Coquitlam, B.C.) Scored two goals on four shots to lift UMass to a 3-2 victory over Colgate on Sunday.
Matt Lane, BU (So., F, Rochester, N.Y.) Scored BU's lone goal against Bentley on Saturday
H.T. Lenz, UVM (Sr., F, Vienna, Va.) Posted a goal, assist, and a plus-2 rating in the 5-1 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday night.
Martin Ouellette, Maine (Sr., G, St-Hippolyte, Que.) Made 20 saves (.947 save%) in Maine's 7-1 win on Friday.
Michael Paliotta, UVM (Jr., D, Westport, Conn.) Posted a power play goal and an assist on Saturday in a 5-1 win over St. Lawrence
Michael Pereira, UMass (Sr., F, West Haven, Conn.) Recorded a goal and an assist to help UMass to a weekend sweep on the road at Colgate.
Troy Power, UMass (Jr., F, Camarillo, Calif.) Had one point in each of UMass' two victories on the road at Colgate (1g,1a).
Dan Renouf, Maine (Fr., D, Pickering, Ont.) Scored a goal and dished out two assists with a +7 rating as Maine swept AIC on the weekend.
CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT
Derek Arnold, UML (FOXBORO, MASS.) has 11 points (7g,4a) in his last nine games
Brian Christie, MC (West Chester, Pa.) RECORDED Four points (1g,3a) in last three games
Mario Lucia, ND (PLYMOUTH, MINN.) has scored 21 goals in the first 50 games of his Notre Dame career
MAINE'S line of Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.), Devin Shore and Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) combined 11 POINTS (3g,8a) in THE 7-1 over AIC Friday
Michael Paliotta , UVM (Westport, Conn.) Currently on five-game point streak WITH SEVEN POINTS (2g,5a)
Mario Puskarich, UVM (FORT Walton Beach, Fla.) Riding a five-game point streak WITH SEVEN POINTS (2g,5a)
Dan Renouf, MAINE (Pickering, Ont.) scored his first career goal on Friday against AIC
Kevin Roy, NU (Lac-Beauport, Que.) has points in five of his last six games (4G,3a). HE IS tied for second in Hockey East with 12 goals
Nick Saracino, PC (ST. LOUIS, MO.) has a seven-game point streak (3-5-8)
Nick Sorkin, UNH (Rockville, Md.) has seven points in his last four games (3g,4a)
VERMONT Penalty Kill AT HOME HAS KILLED OFF 30 OF 31 (96.8%) OPPONENTS POWER PLAYS
VERMONT Power Play IS 6-for-19 (31.6%) during team's five-game winning streak
BOSTON COLLEGE: Boston College swept New Hampshire on Dec. 6 and 7 to vault into a first-place tie with Providence before taking a 20-day break for the holidays. BC trounced UNH, 6-2, at home on Friday before escaping with a 2-1 win at the Whittemore Center. The last time BC scored six goals in the New Hampshire series was on Nov. 15, 2008, when BC defeated the Wildcats, 8-6, at Kelley Rink. The Eagles did it without the aid of their power play as BC did not receive a single power play opportunity in the weekend. On the flipside, Boston College's penalty-killing unit has not surrendered a power play goal in its last four games. Johnny Gaudreau stretched his point streak out to 11 games, having accounted for 20 points (10g,10a) during the tear. He is now in the 50th-most prolific point scorer in Eagles' history. He has racked up 123 points (55g, 68a). Gaudreau is also in the midst of another career best, having assisted in the last six games. Kevin Hayes has accounted for four goals in his last three games, including his second game-winner of the season on Saturday at UNH. Hayes has scored eight goals and 10 assists in his last 11 games, not logging a point in just one of those outings...Brian Billett stopped a season-best 39 shots Friday, just one stop short of a career-best set at BU on Dec. 3, 2011.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY: The Terriers head into the break with an overall record of 7-8-1, but have wins over Providence, Wisconsin, Cornell and North Dakota…BU is one of only two teams to hand Providence a loss thus far this season…In the first semester, BU had 11 regular-season home games, matching the most in program history, which was first set in 1984-85 (Head coach David Quinn's first season) and duplicated in 2008-09 (BU's most recent NCAA title and Quinn's final season as associate head coach)…Heading into the break, freshman Robbie Baillargeon leads the Terriers in points (13) and plus-minus (+6) and shares the team lead in goals with five…BU has successfully killed off 28 of its opponents' last 30 power-play chances…All nine of BU's freshmen have dressed in each of the past three games… Sophomores Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.) and Danny O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) are in Minnesota to participate in the U.S. National Junior Team training camp.
MAINE: Maine swept a weekend series against AIC to improve to 9-1-0 on the season at Alfond Arena… Maine has scored seven or more goals three times this season… Sophomore forward Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) scored a career-high five points with a goal and four assists in Maine's 7-1 win on Friday night… He is the first Black Bear to score five points since Spencer Abbott accomplished the feat on Dec. 2, 2011 against Vermont… Shore had an assist on Saturday to extend his point streak to seven games… Maine recorded 59 shots on Friday night, just two shy of the school record for shots in a game of 61, set in 2004 against UMass in the Hockey East finals in triple overtime… The Black Bears are second in the nation with six short-handed goals, trailing just Mercyhurst who has eight… Maine has allowed just one short-handed goal… Maine finished the 2012-2013 season with six short-handed goals… Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) started 34 straight games, before seeing that streak come to an end on Saturday when Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.) got the start against AIC… Maine is 6-0-0 on the season when leading after two periods of play… Maine has two weeks off before returning to action on Dec. 28 against Princeton in the Florida College Classic.
MASSACHUSETTS: With its weekend sweep of Colgate, UMass has extended its current winning streak to three straight…It marks the first time in the program's Modern Era that the Minutemen have won three road games in a row…Senior captain Conor Sheary and redshirt junior captain Troy Power provided the goals for UMass in Saturday's win. Sheary's marked his team-leading 13th point of the season and now has seven points in the past seven games. Sheary and his linemates, seniors Michael Pereira and Branden Gracel have 11 points conbined in the past six games together…Fellow senior Joel Hanley has four points in the past four games (1g,3a)…Freshmen Steven Iacobellis provided two of UMass' three goals in Sunday's win. Iacobellis now leads the Minutemen with eight goals on the season and is tied for third nationally in goals by freshmen…Junior goaltender Steve Mastalerz became the first UMass netminder to post a shutout on the road since Jan. 22, 2011. The shutout was the third of his career...UMass has gone 18-for-18 on the penalty kill during its three-game winning streak.
UMASS LOWELL: The River Hawks head into the winter/holiday break with 11 wins, one shy of the team's best ever first half. In both 1986-87 and 2001-02 UMass Lowell had twelve wins at the break. A year ago the River Hawks were 6- 7-1. They would go 22-4-1 following the holidays…The 11th win was a 6-1 victory against AIC. In that six different players scored goals, a dozen players picked up points…The River Hawk special teams had an interesting week; The power play went 1-for-2, but the penalty killing unit was only 4-for-7 after Maine scored three power play goals on Sunday…The power play is 16-for-48 (33%) in its last dozen games…UMass Lowell is 47-1-1 when leading through two periods since Norm Bazin took over the coaching reins two and a half years ago.
MERRIMACK: Merrimack rounded out the first semester of the season on a high note, snapping a seven-game winless stretch in emphatic fashion with a comefrom- behind, 3-2 victory against Boston University on Friday night before skating to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, allowing the Warriors to take the season series against BU for the first time since 2010-11...Saturday night's contest saw Merrimack finish with its most lopsided advantage in shot attempts this year (39-24), and at one point, the Warriors outshot BU by 23 (27-4) midway through the period and finished with a 19-shot advantage after 40 minutes (27-8)...The win on Friday was Merrimack's first in Hockey East play this season, as the Warriors picked up their first points in the league standings, as well. While still sitting in last with four points, fourth place and 11th place are separated by just four points at the moment...Merrimack remained unbeaten when scoring three or more goals this season, improving to 4-0-0 in such situations. The Warriors are winless (0-9-2) when scoring two times or fewer...On Friday, Merrimack scored the game's first goal, marking just the fourth time in 15 games that the Warriors have scored first against the opposition in a game...Merrimack is now 5-16-3 (.271) over its last 24 games dating back to the end of last season.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats fell in both games of a home-and-home series against ninth-ranked Boston College two weekends ago…UNH committed just two penalties on the weekend with one in each game…The Wildcats are the second least penalized team in the nation, averaging just 7.8 PIM per game. Senior forward Nick Sorkin has seven points in his last four games (3g, 4a) and has at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games…In Friday's game, UNH launched 41 shots on goal for the second time this season…New Hampshire will take a three-week break before its next contest against Cornell at the Florida College Classic.
NORTHEASTERN: Northeastern extended its unbeaten streak to five games (3-0- 2) on Friday, which is tied for the sixth longest streak in the nation…Northeastern's two first period goals matched the team-high from each of the last five games against Providence, dating back to Feb. 17, 2012…Clay Witt made a career-high 52 saves, which is tied for the third most saves in a game in program history, and also marked the first time since 1991 that a Husky goaltender made at least 50 saves in a game…The Husky freshman class has 18 goals and 44 assists this season, which is tied with Minnesota for second in the nation in rookie scoring…The NU rookies also have the most freshman face-off wins this season (535), led by John Stevens' 197.
NOTRE DAME: Notre Dame had its first week of the season off this week after playing nine straight regular-season weekends since the exhibition game versus Guelph on Oct. 6…Two members of the Notre Dame hockey team have been selected to the preliminary U.S. Junior National Team roster in hopes of playing in the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. Sophomore left wing Thomas DiPauli (Woodridge, Ill.) and freshman Vince Hinostroza (Bartlett, Ill.) will be in Minneapolis Dec. 15-18 for the junior national team's training camp…After 18 games this season, Notre Dame is 10-7-1 overall and 3-4-1 in Hockey East…Last year, the Irish were 14-4-0 at the break and 10-1-0 in conference play (the CCHA)…Notre Dame breaks for finals this week, finishing up on Friday, Dec. 20…The team then breaks for Christmas and returns to campus on Dec. 28 to begin preparations for Frozen Fenway on Jan. 4…The Irish will hold their annual practice on the pond at Merrifield Park on Dec. 31 at 4:00 p.m. as the team practices on the outdoor rink with the public invited.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE: The fourth-ranked Friars erased a three goal, third period deficit to post a 3-3 tie at No. 19 Northeastern on Dec. 6 at Matthews Arena…Sophomore defenseman Tom Parisi scored the game-tying goal at 17:39 of the third period to lift the Friars to the tie…With three assists, Ross Mauermann posted his seventh multi-point game of the season and he has scored at least a point in 13 of Providence's 16 games this season…The Friars hit their finals break with 11 wins - which they reached in 15 games marking the fastest they have totaled 11 wins since opening the 1997-98 season with a 11-3-1 mark… Since entering the lineup, Trevor Mingoia has posted an assist in three straight games…Derek Army skated in the 126th-straight game of his Friar career, while Steven Shamanski skated in his 108th consecutive game…Clay Witt became the first opposing goalie to make 50+ saves against the Friars since New Hampshire's Kevin Regan made 52 saves in a 1-1 tie versus PC on Feb. 15, 2008.
VERMONT: Vermont has won five straight games for the first time since Nov. 16-29 during the 2008-09 season...The Catamounts' last six-game winning streak came during the first half of the 2006-07 campaign, a seven-game run from Nov. 10-Dec. 1…Over the last two seasons, UVM is 14-1-2 when leading after two periods...Mario Puskarich and Michael Paliotta extended their point streaks to five consecutive games, each posting two goals and five assists in that stretch...Chris McCarthy also has two goals and five assists during a four-game point scoring streak…Vermont has scored at least one power play goal in each game during its winning streak and is 6-for-19 during that span...The Catamounts are 30-for-31 on the penalty kill on home ice this season...UVM held St. Lawrence scoreless on three power play chances. The Saints came in with the nation's top-ranked power play (30.0 percent)…St. Lawrence also entered the weekend ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense (3.78 goals per game) and Vermont held SLU to one goal on just 22 shots...Brody Hoffman has won each of his last three starts, allowing only five goals in that span. Hoffman also grabbed his first career point with an assist on UVM's second goal on Saturday…The Catamounts rank 11th nationally in team goals against average (2.21) and fifth in the country on the penalty kill (89.6 percent).